Ladeco was a Chilean airline; Ladeco is the acronym of "Línea Aérea Del Cobre" or the "Airline of Copper," in reference to the principal Chilean export.[1]

Ladeco
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IATA ICAO Callsign
UC LCO LADECO
FoundedNovember 1, 1958
Ceased operationsAugust 2, 1995 (purchased by Lan Chile)
Hubs
Focus cities
Fleet size15
Destinations49
HeadquartersSantiago, Chile

HistoryEdit

Ladeco began operations on November 1, 1958 flying mostly internal routes between Chile's major cities and some international routes.

In 1994, Lan Chile bought over 99% of the shares and merged Ladeco into its fleet. At the time of the takeover, Ladeco was equipped mainly with Boeing 737s as well as some 727s and 757s. Ladeco then became exclusively an internal carrier between Chilean cities. In 1998, Ladeco merged with Fast Air, ita name has since disappeared and most internal routes were taken by a new affiliate of LAN called LAN Express.

DestinationsEdit

International Destinations:

FleetEdit

The airline's fleet included:[2][3]

Ladeco fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Notes
Airbus A300B4 2 1995 1996 Leased by Carnival Air Lines
Airbus A320-200 1 1994 1995 Leased from LACSA
BAC One-Eleven Series 200AJ 2 1991 1994
BAC One-Eleven Series 300AG 2 1990 1994
Beechcraft 65 1 1966 Un­known
Beechcraft 95 1 1965 1977
Boeing 707-320C 3 1988 1994
Boeing 727-100 6 1978 1995
Boeing 737-200 20 1980 1998
Boeing 737-300 2 1992 1996
Boeing 757-200 2 1991 1996
Douglas C-47 Skytrain 5 1958 1976
Douglas DC-6B 7 1966 1979
Douglas DC-8-71F 1 1992 1994 Leased from Aero USA Inc.
Fokker F-27 Friendship 2 1987 1991

During the 1960s, the airline operated a number of Douglas DC-3s, with their cargo fleet also including three Boeing 707s.[4]

Accidents and incidentsEdit

On 8 April 1968, a Douglas C-49K (a version of the C-47) (registration CC-CBM) crashed on approach to Balmaceda Airport killing all 36 people on board. The aircraft was operating a domestic scheduled passenger flight from Los Cerrillos Airport, Santiago.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "LADECO". TheFreeDictionary.com. Retrieved 2008-02-08.
  2. ^ "Ladeco Airlines Fleet Details and History". Planespotters.net. Retrieved July 25, 2021.
  3. ^ "Ladeco fleet". aerobernie.bplaced.net. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  4. ^ "LanChile Announces the Formation of LanCargo Chile as Part of the New LanCargo Group". Business Wire. Retrieved 2008-02-08.
  5. ^ "CC-CBM Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 24 July 2011.

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